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  • Immigration
  • Foreign policy

President Trump tweeted that Mexico was "just ranked" the world's second-deadliest country and renewed his call for a wall to be built along the border with the United States.

Trump appeared to refer to a report released May 9 by the London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies, which concluded that criminal violence in Mexico had reached "a level akin to armed conflict."

The report found that, in 2016, Mexico saw 23,000 homicides. Among countries the authors considered to be in armed conflict, only Syria had a higher death toll.

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  • Healthcare
  • Domestic policy
  • Obama

Senate Republicans unveiled a draft bill on Thursday to roll back the Affordable Care Act, including a drastic reduction in federal healthcare spending that threatens to leave millions more Americans uninsured, drive up costs for poor consumers and further destabilize the nation’s health insurance markets.

Trump said Wednesday night at a campaign-style rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, that he had told senators to “add some money to it” to produce a healthcare bill with “heart.”

Asked Thursday morning whether the Senate draft met that standard, the president suggested some changes were needed.

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  • Immigration
  • On the media

President Trump shared a link to a Breitbart News report on a federal gang sweep in New York that last week resulted in the arrests of 39 suspected MS-13 members.

It wasn't immediately clear what inspired the president's tweet.

In recent weeks, federal authorities have arrested hundreds of suspected MS-13 gang members. Many of those arrested have been identified by the government as immigrants, but it is unclear if they have yet been deported. Any suspected gang members who are U.S. citizens cannot be kicked out of the country.

  • Insults
  • Politics and polls

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Thursday dismissed calls from some in her party who say it's time for her to step aside.

A handful of Democrats have publicly said that after losing four special elections since January, especially a race in the Atlanta suburbs earlier this week, and failing to regain the majority in the House in the last four national elections, their party needs new leadership in the House. Others have privately said Pelosi weighs down Democrats and could prevent the party from retaking the House in the upcoming midterm elections.

President Trump waded in Thursday morning with a tweet urging Democrats to keep Pelosi on, saying having her as a foil helps the GOP.

  • Insults
  • Russia
  • Politics and polls
  • Obama
  • James Comey

President Trump appeared to cast doubt on the assessment of the FBI, CIA and National Security Agency, which blame Russia for election meddling. He questioned in a tweet Thursday why the Obama administration didn't try to stop it.

The intelligence agencies have agreed that Russia was behind the hack of Democratic Party email systems and tried to influence the 2016 election to benefit Trump. The findings are at the heart of an investigation into contacts that members of Trump's campaign team may have had with Russian officials during the campaign and the transition.

Trump, frequently lashes out at the Russia investigation as a "witch hunt" spearheaded by Democrats.

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  • Russia
  • James Comey

President Trump chose the day that secretive Senate Republicans released their much-anticipated healthcare bill to finally end some suspense of his own making: No, he hasn't been surreptitiously recording conversations in the White House.

In Twitter messages posted just before a scheduled White House news briefing Thursday, the president did not entirely rule out the possibility that recordings of his private conversations — with fired FBI Director James B. Comey or anyone else — exist.

But, he wrote, "I did not make, and do not have, any such recordings."

  • Politics and polls

Tuesday night, President Trump celebrated two Republican victories in special House elections in conservative districts as a validation of his “Make America Great Again” agenda. On Wednesday, he was offering free advice to his Democratic rivals.

Democrats were hardly likely to take his advice, given the widespread unpopularity of the Trump agenda. But the initial Wednesday morning quarterbacking among pundits and politicians -- especially about Republican Karen Handel’s victory in the most closely-watched of the two special elections, in suburban Atlanta, Georgia 6th congressional district -- was more about what Democrats did wrong than Republicans did right.

  • Healthcare
  • His schedule
  • Politics and polls

As Senate Republicans prepared to unveil their version of an Obamacare alternative, President Trump expressed his hope for a final plan “with heart.”

“I can’t guarantee anything, but I hope we’re going to surprise you with a really good plan,” Trump said at a campaign-style rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on Wednesday night.

At the Iowa rally, the president said he wanted more money for the health proposal, presumably to help cover more uninsured Americans. But as usual he did not offer any policy details.

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  • Foreign policy
  • North Korea
  • Fox News

In a Twitter message, President Trump said the United States "again condemns the brutality of the North Korean regime as we mourn its latest victim." 

That followed the death Monday of former University of Virginia student Otto Warmbier, who was released last week from 17 months in detention in North Korea on charges of stealing a propaganda poster from his hotel. He was flown home in a coma and never recovered.

But the tweet linked to an Instagram video of Trump's Oval Office remarks, as aired on Fox Business Network, that seemed to criticize the Obama administration for Warmbier's ultimate fate.

  • Foreign policy
  • His schedule
  • Accolades

President Trump met with his Ukrainian counterpart Tuesday amid intensifying questions over whether his administration will step in to protect partners in the face of Russian aggression.

The meeting with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko was originally described by the White House as a brief "drop-in." But the two presidents posed for photographs in the Oval Office and made brief remarks after Poroshenko's more extensive meetings with Vice President Mike Pence and the administration's top national security advisors.

With the Ukrainian leader sitting by his side, Trump said that it was a "great honor" to meet Poroshenko and that "a lot of progress has been made" in the United States relationship with Ukraine.